When it comes to #action movies 2017 has been the year of the woman in the best way possible. We have not only seen returning heroines like #Underworld’s Selene but all new characters such as Justine (Brie Larson) in Free Fire headline major motion pictures. We even saw veteran actor Hugh Jackman was upstaged in his final outing as Wolverine by relative unknown Dafne Keen in Logan. This is all without mentioning the DC Extended Universe having their first biggest commercial hit yet in the critically acclaimed #WonderWoman. If there has been anyone to benefit from the female hero renaissance it has been #CharlizeTheron.
For years the Oscar-winning actress has been playing action heroes and all the hard work seems to have finally paid off this year. First there as her turn as the villainous Cipher in The Fate of the Furious and now her starring role in the critically acclaimed Atomic Blonde. Set in 1989 Lorraine Broughton (Theron) is sent to take down an espionage ring in Berlin after her lover is killed. Directed by John Wick’s David Leitsch it looks to be one of the most exciting and original action movies of the summer. More importantly it’s the latest in the long lineage of women on the big screen kicking more ass than the men. So like Wonder Woman earlier this year after you see Charlize Theron become the coolest spy since 007 here are 8 MORE bad ass women to watch after Atomic Blonde.